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What age of youth can attend a Raised At Full Draw camp?  

Raised At Full Draw focuses on youth 12-17 years old.  A large majority of our camps are overnight tent camping and not all youth have the maturity level needed for an overnight camp.   We also certify students within Bowhunter Education and a large majority of state agencies require students to be 12 to receive their certificate. 

What does my child need to bring, what time do we arrive?

Our overnight and day camps vary in what to bring and time to arrive. When you register you will recieve our rules & policies that includes our important details of camp. 

I may need to cancel; will I receive a refund? 

All cancellations must be made six weeks prior to the camp start date. Cancellations after six weeks will be considered donations to camp and are non-refundable. Emergency cancellations will be considered and reviewed on a case by case situation.

How many participants will attend at once?

Our overnight camps are currently limited to 50 participants while our day camp has around 25 participants. This ensures we have enough one on one time with each participant to make the impression needed and to give them the best learning experiences possible. 

Do you really not allow cellphones?

You may be shocked by this, but we believe in disconnecting youth from electronics during their time at camp.  Most of our campers LOVE it!  We will provide participants limited time on their phone in the evening to check in.  Many times, the youth even choose not to get on their phones and parents are asking us how things are going.  We promise, we will reach out to you if they need to talk to you. 

We are new to hunting, is it ethical? 

Yes, we believe when done correctly hunting is ethical. During our camp there will be a focus on how to hunt responsibly, effectively and learn all of the other attributes of ethics morals and values they come along with spending time outdoors. We want the participants to exit camp as skilled archers, but more importantly we want them to leave with an appreciation for hunting and the outdoors as a whole.

I don’t see a camp near my state. Will you be growing to other locations?

Overall, we would like to offer camps in every location where archery and bowhunter education is needed. This is a challenge secondary only to funding. Our expansion will be dependent on donations from individuals, groups, and the hunting industry.  Our programs are coordinate by volunteers. We are soliciting the help of more volunteers to help staff our camps, outreach projects and to help us achieve our targets. 

How can I support Raised At Full Draw?

There are many ways you can support Raised At Full Draw.  Each way is just as important as the next as any little support makes our nonprofit successful.  Some ways you can support is becoming a volunteer, provide in-kind donations, make a donation, become a host family and offer a camp in your state, encourage others to become involved, or even help behind the nonprofits scenes and become a board member, or be involved on a committee. 

Who do I contact to become involved? 

Thanks for your interest and seeing there is a need to have you!  You may contact us directly at  Share with us how you would like to be involved and we can direct you to the state specific camp coordinator if you are looking to volunteer at a camp or we can put you in touch with our Chief Operating Officer to get you involved behind the operation. 

How is Raised At Full Draw Funded? 

It is our goal to have each state’s host coordinator to become “chapters” of their own and fund locally through donations and various fundraisers.  However, we currently rely on participant registration fees, grants, sponsorship and personal donations. 

Who are David and Karin Holder?  

The organization was founded by David and Karin Holder, who have a passion for the outdoors, hunting and sharing the experience with family, friends and as many people as they can.   They also started a TV show called Raised Hunting. 

Will I be on tv?

No, we do not guarantee anyone will be filming. Raised At Full Draw is dedicated to teaching you the skills necessary to hunting/ bowhunt. While someone from the TV show may be present, it doesn’t mean they are filming or you will be included in an episode. RAFD will be taking pictures and videos to use in promotional pieces. 

Why volunteer: 

Volunteering is making an investment in the future. You can become a contributor to continuing a hunting heritage that is rapidly declining. We have many volunteers who share by spending a weekend with these participants they are reminded of why they are a hunter and they even learn something new themselves. 

I have a question that I do not see on here.  Who can I contact?

If you have any questions that were not addressed here, please contact us directly at and one of us will respond as soon as possible. 

                                                               CHANGING LIVES IN THE IMAGE OF HUNTING ONE ARROW AT A TIME.

About the nonprofit

Raised At Full Draw is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Winterset, Iowa.  We offer a variety of camps around the United States. 


Headquarters: 1221 E Buchanan St. Winterset IA 50273

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